By Peter Melamed, PhD
Your child underwent pneumonia with conventional antibiotic treatment; most likely took anti-cough, anti-congestion, anti-mucous, anti-histamine medications, inhalers, steroids, and NSAID such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen for fever or headache. Fortunately, your child recovered: the temperature dropped, shortness of breath diminished, cough was getting less. However, you can see some signs that make you feel like your child did not recover all the way.
You can see that your kid is cranky, with a dry cough, light persistent shortness of breath after exertion, constant snot that doesn’t let the kid breathe easily, poor appetite and sleep, gas and constipation, fatigue, possible skin rashes. There are a few main reasons for these residual symptoms:
- Post viral asthenia syndrome
- Candida-yeast overgrowth
- Chronic bronchitis, pneumonia
Postviral asthenia syndrome
Word “asthenia” is derived from the Greek word “asthenes” that means deprived of force, lack of energy. Postviral asthenia syndrome may include fatigue, muscle pain, breathlessness, loss of appetite, constipation, irritability, headache, dizziness, chest pain, etc. One-half of pneumonias started from the viral infection. Viruses exhaust immune system and adrenal glands leading to low resistance to bacteria, fungi’s, yeasts, and parasites. Non-drug methods of the alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, point vibro-magnetic massage, cupping, some healing foods, nutritional supplements, and herbs can enhance adrenals and boost immunity.
Conventional treatment of the pneumonia presumes broad-spectrum antibiotics, inhalers, possible hormones, NSAID such as Tylenol or ibuprofen. By medical research, they negatively influence friendly intestinal bacteria (flora). Friendly intestinal flora is critical for digestion, immunity, metabolism, mood, hormones, and liver function. Beneficial bacteria compete with harmful bacteria, fungi, yeasts, parasites. Even one round of the broad-spectrum antibiotics eradicates the friendly intestinal flora leading to overgrow of the Candida-yeast. Without competition, this yeast aggressively takes over large intestine, vagina, sinuses, mouth, inner ear, throat, bronchi. Candida-yeast produces many toxins, causes allergic reactions, inflammation, irritation, food sensitivity, and raises the whole body acidity. More medical information about Candida-yeast overgrowth, you can find in our EBook “Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You”, part 1.
After pneumonia, it is critical to restore the friendly intestinal flora, which is destroyed by antibiotics. Restoration of the friendly intestinal flora is not a simple task, as many people believe. Recommendations drink “yogurt” and take probiotics usually don’t work, because beneficial bacteria cannot colonize and survive in the colon that is occupied by Candida-yeast, parasites, toxins and also if a kid eats “bad” foods and suffers from constipation and poor digestion.
Biotherapy Clinic offers anti-Candida program for children including diet, healing mineral water, Biotherapy Complete Probiotics, herbs, and nutritional supplements.
Chronic bronchitis, pneumonia
We live in pharmaceutical era; therefore, everyone including doctors and parents look at medications, especially antibiotics, as miracle pills. This is true. Antibiotics have saved millions of children with pneumonia for the last 60 years.
Nowadays, children get antibiotics from the first months of their lives. Many researchers and MD’s consider alarming the fact that there is an overuse of the antibiotics in the U.S. Overusing antibiotics has a downside. It causes an increase of antibiotic-resistant microbes, toxic and allergic reactions, horrible Clostridium difficile diarrhea, low immunity, Candida-yeast overgrowth, etc. Children bodies are getting weak and easily become a target for antibiotic-resistant microorganisms that lead to the development of a chronic bronchitis, chronic pneumonia, chronic sinusitis, chronic ear infection, numerous digestive disorders, which are rising year by year. Anti-cough, anti-fever, anti-histamine, anti-contestant, hormones, NSAID suppress the natural healing responses; prolong the recovery leading to chronic illnesses.
Let’s focus on some Biotherapy’s, natural, non-drug methods that can enhance children’ recovery from pneumonia.
Acupuncture has been used for lung disorders for thousands of years. Acupuncture busts immune system, improves microcirculation, alleviates cough and pain, promotes mucus to come out of the body, and normalizes sleep. To build a relationship with children, our practitioners use the non-needless, painless way to stimulate the acupuncture points. Nobody cries in the Biotherapy office. In the game manner, we use vibro-magnetic point massage, point massage, or application of magnets to acupoints.
After creating good and friendly relations with our little patients, we use acupuncture for kids older than 6-7 years. Thin and painless Biotherapy needles for acupuncture usually do not cause any problems for doctor-patient relationship.
Kids love massage. We, at Biotherapy Clinic, perform special lung massage. It helps to involve more lung tissue in the breathing process. There is biology law: more lung tissue involves in the breathing process, more blood goes to the lung. It means more oxygen; more nutrients go to lung increasing the healing process.
For this purpose, we teach the kids by playing to do individual lung exercises. The famous England anesthesiologist George A. Gregory in his book “Pediatric Anesthesia” described positive pressure ventilation method that saved many kids with severe lung problems. Slightly positive pressure in the lung open the lung vesicles; alveoli. It increases the surface for gas exchanges; therefore, increases amount of oxygen in the body and lungs’ microcirculation. This also helps secretion to come out. Working as a pediatric ICU MD, Doctor Peter Melamed, Ph.D. made this method easy for kids to use at home.
Children with Candida-yeast overgrowth after antibiotics have a lot of thick mucous in the sinuses, mouth, throat, bronchi, and inner ear. That is why; kids after pneumonia often suffer from earache. We, at Biotherapy Clinic, use manual technique to open passages in Eustachian tubes. We make sure that to the kids it all seems as a game. We call it “Capitan in the ship,” and children love to be the Capitan in that game.
In every treatment session, we use suction cups cupping. Cupping has been used in lund diseaded for thousands of years. Many nurses in hospitals and moms in China, Russia, Finland, and Eastern Europe know about that, use glass cups and fire for their kids. Children usually tolerate cupping very well, because we use the special device without fire that can control the level of the vacuum. Low pressure inside the cups makes the marks on the children back. Scientific researches prove that cupping is beneficial for low immunity, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, chronic infections.
Peter Melamed, Ph.D. found in the human experiments that cupping increases cellular immunity on 56%. There is no such simple, quick, and safe method to boost immunity as cupping. Cupping also increases the microcirculation in the lung, improves metabolism, enhances adrenals, and reduces toxicity.
We provide healing foods consultation for parents and relatives. After pneumonia, children often have digestive complaints such as gas, cramps, constipation, and poor appetite. We teach what anti Candida diet is, what kind of food products promote inflammation, congestion, acidity, allergy, overweight.
Healing inhalation with herbs or Karlovy Vary healing mineral water is the best way to
make the thick mucus come out easily. It decreases amount of harmful bacteria and opens the airways. Ultrasound inhalation with healing mineral water has used widely in children in the respiratory rehabilitation centers in Europe for more than fifty years. For older children with chronic sinusitis, we perform nasal irrigation with herbs and our unique herbal balsam. That cleans and opens the nasal passages and sinuses from solid, filling with yeast, mucus. Stuffy nose in the child decreases oxygen in the brain; creates inner ear infection. Constant postnasal dripping leads to persistent cough and spreading infection down to the throat, bronchi, and lung.
By Hyla Cass, M.D., antibiotics can block absorption by binding with minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc in the GI tract. Antibiotics deplete vitamins and essential nutrients, as well. http://nutritionreview.org/2013/04/practical-guide-avoiding-drug-induced-nutrient-depletion/
Deficiency of vitamins, minerals, essential trace elements and other vital nutrients can cause many symptoms, which are very far from respiratory tract, and they may lead to lower immunity, slow recovery, and chronic disorders. We, at Biotherapy Clinic, use high quality and good amount of vitamin-mineral complex such as Ultra Preventive Kids, Biotherapy Sunshine D, Biotherapy Cellular Magnesium-Potassium, Biotherapy ImmunoZinc, Biotherapy Pantothenate, etc.
For congestion, infection, and inflammation, we use herbal medicine, enzymes, bee products, which have solid scientific research and evidence based use.
What are the positive sides of Biotherapy non-drug, holistic treatment?
It is safe and effective. There are no harmful side effects. We implement healing methods that have been used by doctors all over the world for thousand or hundred years. There is no pain, unpleasant feelings, or crying during the treatment. All actions seem like a game to the child.
Holistic treatment focuses on the natural healing mechanisms, boosts immune system, opens passages for releasing congested mucus, reduces inflammation and infection, alleviates cough and pain, replaces deficiency of the vital nutrients, and diminishes side effects of the standard treatments. Rehabilitation after bronchitis or pneumonia in kids is not a quick fix. It involves parents and relatives to assist the child to restore health. It is not covered by insurance, but our prices are very reasonable and do not damage your pocket. The holistic, natural, non-drug treatment takes 1.5-2 months to see the result. However, often the positive healing effect can be seen in a few weeks.
Alternative medicine may seem strange for some medical professionals, who practice only pharmaceutical medicine. By human psychology, what we do not know, we deny. However, we like to work together with pediatrician because we all aim for the same result, we just use different approaches.
The best for Biotherapy Clinic practitioners is to see you and your little one healthy and happy!